Oct 17, 2011

Happy Fall! And Happy Giveaway!

Update: Giveaway closed. Winner announced at the end of the post. 

I know that as a grown-up, I’m not supposed to have fall breaks. However, one of the perks of grown-up-iality is that I get this thing called paid-time off. Paid time off is sort of like Choose Your Own Break. So, all of this to say…

Happy Fall Break!

I plan to spend the day drinking cider or going to a corn maze or looking at dry leaves or watching scary movies or sleeping all day. I haven’t decided yet. However, in celebration of my day off, I’d like to give you a book.

Which book?

This book:


You may remember Matt Mikalatos when I spent a week last February celebrating is first book, Imaginary Jesus. I wrote a review of the book, interviewed Matt, and told you just how much I love the audio version of IJ.

I considered writing a review of this book, but a) I’ve sort of stopped writing book reviews and b) it’s my day off and that sounds a lot like something I shouldn’t do on my day off.

Instead, I’ve decided to cobble together a new review out of bits and pieces of the ones that I’ve found on the Internet. Yes, that’s right. It’s a Frankenreview. Cue lightning and maniacal laughter.

Matt’s books are love letters to the Evangelical community in all our broken mess. New believers or those exploring Christianity won’t get a lot of the subtle jokes and gags, but the story is sufficiently rich that anyone will enjoy and be challenged by what they find. For those who do pick up on the subtleties, Matt takes shots at everyone across the board, including an honest look at himself. It’s a great book to read for fun or as part of a discussion club.

Bottom line: This book is outstanding. We need more totally silly, totally serious theology like Matt gives us. Not everyone will enjoy the monster metaphor, but if that’s your cup of tea, then you need this book. It’ll make you take a hard look at the monstrous aspects of your own soul. And you’ll ache for the same transformation Matt and his band of monsters discover.

JR. Forasteros, Relevant Magazine

Mikalatos’ allegorical tale is funny and insightful. In a world of vampires, zombies and monster hunters, he uses this subject matter to full effect. Vampires are the opposite of Jesus, they have eternal life, but are not living. He suggests that a lot of Christian’s are zombie like – following a preacher’s sermons without thinking for themselves; that they should try to see how they can be true to Christ through their own actions and not wait to be told how to be a Christian. That so many churches are filled with people who have insurmountable faith but don’t have any ‘deeds’ to confirm their faith. Why live a life that isn’t transforming you?

Lini536, Book Reviews

There are so few truly humorous books and even fewer humorous Christian books. But Mikalatos, both the writer and the character in the story, succeed unconditionally and for that reason alone this book is worth a read. The fact that it is also clever, pointed and enlightening only serves to add to its appeal. Night of the Living Dead Christian is one of the best Christian books this year. Not only does it entertain but it informs and challenges. Anyone who reads this book cannot but be transformed.

Scott Asher, BookGatweay.com

Now hang on while I teach this Frankenreview “Puttin’ on the Ritz”.

Ok, so that’s done.

I have one copy of Night of the Living Dead Chrisitan to give away, so in order to win it, you should do the following:

Matt Mikalatos’ first book, Imaginary Jesus, is available as a free download at Barnes & Noble, CBD, Sony, and Amazon. Go to one of those places, download Imaginary Jesus, then leave me comment saying “I downloaded Imaginary Jesus, and I would love a copy of NLDC.” Then tell me your favorite fall activity. (If you already own a copy of Imaginary Jesus, that counts. Good for you.)

So your comment would look something like this: “I downloaded Imaginary Jesus, and I would love a copy of NLDC. My favorite fall activity is burying my dog in a pile of leaves and telling my sister that it’s a monster.”

You have until Friday, October 21st to do this, at which time I’ll use Random.org to choose a winner.

Happy Fall

Oh, and DISCLAIMER: I work for Tyndale House Publishers, who published Night of the Living Dead Christian and Imaginary Jesus. But I’d tell you to read it anyway, so there.

So you know, I did end up at a corn maze. It was great, thanks for asking. Congratulations to James Eldridge. Email me (jadoogan (a t) gmail)  your address and I’ll send you a copy of Night of the Living Dead Christian.



  • I loved “Imaginary Jesus”, and I’m a big fan of Matt. I’ve read some of his unpublished short stories, too. I would love a hard copy of “Night of the Living Dead Christians” because Matt is an unrivaled genius of this generation. My favorite fall activity is taking my son the orchard to justify buying carmel apples and cider that he can’t eat yet.

  • I downloaded Imaginary Jesus, and I would love a copy of NLDC. My favorite fall activity is watching Badger football. (On Wisconsin!) That and running around and getting sunburned because in Texas, fall is a fantasy.

  • I own Imaginary Jesus and would love to receive a copy of NLDC. My favorite Fall activity is spending a day at a local pumpkin patch enjoying yummy cider and homemade donuts!

  • I loved Imaginary Jesus, and I would love a copy of NLDC. My favorite fall activity is to spend my birthday, Oct 29, working in a haunted house and scaring the stew out of everybody. Best way to spend a birthday.

  • It appears that I would qualify for this contest, but I already have a copy. Plus all the previous, inferior incarnations. I’m a collector.

    Thanks for doing this, Jesse, it’s fun!

  • I borrowed IJ from inter-libray loan, because I just had to read it, after our pastor mentioned it (and am poor). I would love a copy of NLDC ! My favorite fall activity is spending time outdoors, especially at the cider mill in pictuesque Parshallville, MI.

  • I bought Imaginary Jesus a while ago and I read it in one day!!! I would absolutely love having a copy of NLDC!!! I am so excited to read it!!!! My favorite fall activity is jumping around in a big pile of leaves!!!!! hehe

  • I loved Imaginary Jesus so much I became one of Matts friends on Facebook. For me that’s saying a lot because he’s one of the only people on my friends list that I’m not related to or know personally. I would love a copy of NLDC, I’ve been looking forward to it ever since Matt told me about it. My favorite fall activity is carving pumpkins with my daughter for Halloween.

  • I just downloaded Imaginary Jesus, although I read most of it a few months ago. I would also love a copy of NLDC! My favorite fall activity is visiting Kyoto to watch the leaves turn. I intend to introduce the entire Eastern Hemisphere to Matt, beginning with Japan. So, looking at this strictly from a practical, economic standpoint, I should win. Thank you.

  • I have previously downloaded Imaginary Jesus and own a hardcopy as well, and I would love a copy of NLDC. My favorite fall activity is counting all the regrets from wasting the summer and lamenting it’s departure. Ah, what sweet sorrow to await it’s return next year.

  • I just downloaded Imaginary Jesus, and I can’t wait to read it! And Night of the Living Dead Christians sounds right up my alley. My favorite fall activity would have to be football-watching. Saturdays only, of course. (NFL-SchmeNFL.)

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